L., Sp. P1. 177 (1753).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Marvel-of-Peru, four o'clock.
Glabrous or glandular-pubescent perennial herb, with perennating tubers, erect to 60 cm or more, branched; leaves oblong to triangular, 2.5-15 X 1.5-9 cm, usually more or less cuneate to the base, sometimes with undulate margins, paler on the lower surface.
Flowers in clusters of 3-7 on peduncles up to 6 mm long; lower part of perianth oblong, c. 5 mm long; upper part funnel-shaped, white, yellow, red or multicoloured, 4-5 cm long; stamens and style long-exserted; anthocarp 7-8 mm long.
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Image source: fig. 104c in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Macoboy (1969) What flower is that?, fig. 647.
Several records of its occurrence in waste places in the SL justify its inclusion although it is probably nowhere truly naturalised in S.Aust. Native to Peru; widely cultivated and naturalised or an occasional escape in warm parts of the world.
S.Aust.: FR, NL, SL, SE.
Flowering time: No flowering time is available
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